FREE Officials Courses

Swansea Harriers has a large team of very dedicated volunteer officials that help the club fulfill its commitments in all its league, cup and championship fixtures on and off track throughout the year. However we really need many more officials to be able to host fixtures and field a team of officials in away fixtures.

If you are willing and available to help at any of the clubs fixtures not only as a track judge, timekeeper or field judge but helping in the cafe for home fixtures or any administrative role, please download and complete this form to return to Carina Nicholas our clubs officials coordinator. Even if you are only to help at a handful of events a year this makes a huge difference to the to the club.

For those volunteers who would like to attend a formal course the club has obtained funding to put on a series of FREE officials courses in March outlined below.

Officials Courses 2012: Venue: - Swansea Harriers Club Cafe, Ashleigh Road, Swansea. No previous experience of judging is required.

UKA Level 2 Field Judging: Wednesday 14th March 6:30pm with Dave Jessett as Tutor, whose experiences include; officiating in the 2003 World Indoor Championships as chief judge on men's high jump and women's long jump finals and the 2007 European Indoor Championships. Dave is also a member of the ICOG (International Chief Officials Group). Closing date for applications is Wednesday 7th March.

UKA Level 2 Timekeeping: Wednesday 21st March 6:30pm with Brian Alvey as Tutor, who is a member of the IOG (International Officials Group). Closing date for applications is Wednesday 14th March.

UKA Level 1 Officials Course: Tuesday 27th March with Andrew Jenkins Welsh Athletics Network Officer as Tutor. This is very basic course and is an ideal opportunity for new parents/helpers to learn the basics of timekeeping, track judging and field judging. Closing date for applications is Saturday 24th March.

UKA Level 2 Track Judging: Wednesday 28th March 6:30pm with Alan Currie as Tutor. Whose experiences include officiating at the Commonwealth Games of 1986 and 1994 plus many other major meetings such as World Cup Final and the IAAF Grand Prix Final. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 21st March.

Please note that candidates can directly enter the officials’ qualification pathway and attend any of the Level 2 courses of their choosing without having undertaken the level 1 course if they so wish.

If you are interested in attending any of these courses please email: Andrew Jenkins at andrew.jenkins90@ntlworld.com or andrew.jenkins@welshathletics.org for the application form.

Candidates are required to bring with them two passport size photograph of themselves. Return application forms to: Andrew Jenkins Welsh Athletics West Wales Network Officer, 5 Highpool Close, Newton, Swansea, SA3 4TU.

Having completed a course the prospective official will be required to complete a Logbook of their experiences whilst officiating at events as evidence of their officiating. Successful assessment of the log-book will lead to the appropriate UKA Level 1 or 2 Officiating Award and an Officials License will be issued or amended, subject to the official being in receipt of an up to date UK Athletics Enhanced CRB disclosure. Many Leagues penalise clubs for not providing a minimum number of qualified officials at their meetings. This is an opportunity to help your club meet these requirements.